Experimental Songwriter Ensign Broderick teams up with Winnipeg filmmakers Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson on short film ACCIDENCE.

Eccentrics unite: renowned Canadian auteur Guy Maddin and frequent collaborators Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, all from Winnipeg, Manitoba have joined forces with unknown experimental songwriter Ensign Broderick, from Toronto, to make ACCIDENCE. This new 8-minute film explores narrative as endless, teeming micro-loops of cause and effect. ACCIDENCE will premiere alongside the directorial trio’s feature-length film “The Green Fog” at the Berlin Film Festival this February.

In a statement provided to Paste Magazine alongside the film’s trailer, Maddin describes the project as such: “Every balcony is a poem, a chant — a muscle! But whoever lives with that extra blueprint luxury of a balcony lives on the wrong side of a cross-section, on the busy, narrative-addled side of something like an ant-farm window, a brazen architectural arrangement selling cheap peeks into the naked sideshows of the quotidian — even the grisly. Step right up! Behold! A ten story wall of solid twitching muscle!”

ACCIDENCE features music by Ensign Broderick, a song entitled “Accidence PSA” that will appear on his forthcoming label debut Feast of Panthers (due 3/9/18). Ensign Broderick is a later-in-life newcomer whose influences and process spans decades; songs on this album date back to the mid-70s. “This lullaby is a fractured fairytale populated with ghosts, skeleton keys inserted into closet doors and the outlines of children drawn in broken crayons. Chased into a sense of alienation and then ultimately abandonment, you are given the perfect freedom to choose between recognizing yourself in life and in the unknown, because even a nightmare is a dream,” the artist offers.


DIRECTOR: Guy Maddin (CM, OM)
Winnipeg, Canada

Guy Maddin is an installation & internet artist, lecturer at Harvard, author and filmmaker, the director or co-director of twelve feature-length movies, including The Forbidden Room (2015), My Winnipeg (2007), The Saddest Music in the World (2003).

He has also mounted around the world over seventy performances of his films featuring live elements – orchestra, sound effects, singing and narration. Since 2011, Maddin has collaborated with Galen Johnson and Evan Johnson under the banner of Development Ltd., their Winnipeg-based filmmaking collective.

Maddin is a member of The Order of Canada & Order of Manitoba.

COMPOSER: Ensign Broderick
Toronto, Canada

Ensign Broderick.

With arena-sized glam and rock opera-wattage sparkle, Ensign Broderick’s dramatic, piano-driven sound gushes with the opulence and flamboyance of late 70s New Romanticism, Baroque melodrama and timeless teenage angst. A mysterious and reclusive figure, Ensign Broderick has emerged out of nowhere with a fully-formed artistic vision that is completely out of time and wholly compelling, a lavish mixture of personal secrecy and raw, naked emotion bared in song.


CHICAGO, IL: Chicago International Film Festival, Oct 14/17
LONDON, UK: BFI London Film Festival w/ The Green Fog, Oct 16/18
BUENOS AIRES, AR: Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata Festi-Freak, October 16/20
BELFAST, IE: Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast w/ The Green Fog, October 29
SYDNEY, AU: Sydney Underground Film Festival, September 14
TORONTO, ON: Toronto International Film Festival @ Scotiabank Theatre, September 11
MELBOURNE, AU: Melbourne International Film Fest, August 8-12
LAPLAND, FI: Midnight Sun Festival w/ Green Fog, June 15
CURITIBA, BR: Olhar de Cinema, June 8 /10
LISBON, PT: Indie Lisboa, April 28-30
BARCELONA, ES: D’a Film Festival Barcelona, April 30
FRANKFURT, DE: LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International, April 6
CANNES, FR: Cannes, Telefilm Canada Not Short on Talent in Film Corner, May 8-19
HONG KONG, CN: Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival, April 3
BERLIN, DE: Berlinale, February 20